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Actionable Insights for Dependency Courts


Judge Karen Aileen Howze, (Ret) Judge-in-Residence
District of Columbia Superior Court; National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Judge Rosa C. Figarola (Ret)
Circuit Court Judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County Florida
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August 15, 2023


Practice Guidance
Policy Guidance
Systems Change

In a 2022 focus group, survivors in family and dependency courts in several states reported wanting real help, yet not feeling prepared for or well-represented in hearings. No one — not judges, attorneys, nor child welfare caseworkers – seemed to understand trauma or the impacts of domestic violence. This report contains actionable insights and recommendations for a more survivor-centered dependency court process.